So I'm training to run a marathon. Responses from those I have told range from - why, would you want to do that? That's cool, I've done a marathon, good luck. Most, however, have been why would you want to do that?
I'm going to use this blog to share the torture/excitement of training to run 26.2 miles for fun. Fun??
My GYRO (Get Your Run On) running partner, Sarah, and I always talked about running a marathon. She ran the Baltimore Marathon back in October and watching her cross that finish line really inspired me to train. Whenever I thought of marathons these words came to mind - torture, pain, sick... you get the point. But being at an actual race completely changed my mind. There were people of all shapes and sizes. There were crazy men from Africa who finished in two hours, heavy ladies who took half the day to finish and may have only been there for the free gummy bears along the route and the potato chips at the water stops (yeah they have chips at the water stop... I'm kind of excited about that) and people who had trained for months and sometimes years for this moment. There were tons of people participating and even more standing on the streets cheering. I knew I wanted to be a part of something like this.
So here I am today. I am training for a marathon. And I'm sharing all of my training experiences with you (whoever is reading this). This blog will make me accountable for training. I'm telling the world I'm training for a marathon so I have to do it now. There is no backing out.
I am going to be brutally honest in this blog. I will try to entertain you. And I will do my best to make you laugh.
Here is my upcoming race schedule:
April - I plan to sign up for a 10k
May 2 - Broad Street Run (10 miles)
May 16 - Christiana Care Marathon (I'm doing the half - 13.1 miles)
October 16 - Baltimore Marathon
Right now I am following Hal Higdon's Novice Half Marathon Training Schedule
I should be at week 5, but I have not been able to run since March 18 because I have six stitches in my leg. I am tempted to not listen to the doctor and just run, but I don't want to open the incision. Before I had to stop running I was up to 5.25 miles and felt good. I could have gone further, but I decided to stick with the schedule. In addition to running outside, I've also been running an hour on the treadmill at the gym a few days a week and doing cycling and Body Pump classes.
So here it is - my first entry.
Peace. Love. Run.